London to Brighton 100K Trek

This 100k route from London to Brighton is unique and exclusive to Blind Veterans UK and we have tried to make it as off-road and scenic as possible to make the walk enjoyable for our participants.

Man and woman are taking on the London to Brighton 100K Trek charity walk
Cost:£50
Event Time:01:00 am
Event Date:01 January 1970
Event Distance:100 KM

Walking Challenges UK

Charity Walk | Training | Gear | Top Walking Events


What is a Walking challenge?

A great relaxing way to raise funds for your favorite charity is by participating in walking challenges in the UK. Walking challenges are fun, fulfilling and enable you to fully enjoy and engage with the route you take. You can find walking events that take you through parks, cities, countryside or even to the top of mountains. Varying in length and difficulty they are a great way to keep fit and healthy whilst raising money for a great cause

Walking in the mountains

 


 

Charity Walks

Anyone can take part in charity treks or a sponsored walk or charity trek whatever their level of fitness, this makes them ideal for anyone wanting to take part as a way to raise money for a great cause. There is less rigorous training or preparation needed compared to a run, but you’ll still want to get yourself ready as you need endurance more than anything. Any walks for charity can provide great motivation to keep up your training regime and propel you to the finish line.


 

Training and Preparation

Walking challenges can vary from a 5k walk or 10k walk up to larger challenges such as walking marathons or even sponsored walks for charity that may span a few days. You will need a good amount of endurance as many challenges incorporate uphill and downhill sections that will tire you out quickly if you are not used to long distance walking. It is critical for you to exercise regularly in order to improve your endurance and begin to build up stronger leg muscles that can withstand hours and hours of use.

Ideally, you should begin training by walking three times a week – use a mix of leg exercises combined with core strengthening techniques to build and improve muscle. And walk, a lot. You can easily incorporate walking in to your lifestyle – a trip to the shop, visiting family or friends etc can all be done of foot rather than taking the car.

You’ll want to try and give yourself some routes that you can practice on and try to extend the length of these walks. Start off with just a few miles and slowly try to build up to longer distances.

Mix it up

Once you’ve got accustomed to walking longer distances, you can then start to take your activity on to different types of surfaces. These should ideally include grass, hill and pavement, and in different weather conditions.

Your training program should never be all work and no play – you can reward yourself with treats or goals at the end of walks. Instead of taking the car to the movies, walk instead and use that as your motivation.

 


 

Food for thought

People mostly worry about what to eat or drink during training and at the walking event. There are no hard and fast rules to this – jut make sure to drink lots of water or sports drinks to keep yourself hydrated and energised. You need to have a healthy daily intake of proteins and carbs to maintain your energy levels and ensure you don’t burn out. During the walk you can eat carbs and energy containing foods to keep you going to fight the fatigue.


 

Get the right Gear

Apart from nutrition, invest in some good clothing and walking shoes or boots. Although walking boots or shoes can be a bit costly, they are durable and won’t give you blisters. Similarly, you want to buy high-quality socks that won’t rub your feet too much and allow your feet to breath. Also it’s worth having a second pair spare just in case they get wet during the walk.

A majority of walkers prefer to wear lightweight trousers and a sports top for the main event. Whilst not essential, like socks, they will allow your skin to breath and keep sweat away whilst keeping you warm. Furthermore, carry a pair of gloves to keep if you will be walking in cold areas.

You may also consider carrying a small emergency kit with things such as plasters or creams should you get stung by the wildlife. There are also a variety of gadgets you can take with you too. If you are walking an unfamiliar route then a mapping or GPS system will come in very handy in case you get lost. If the route will be over a few days, then a battery pack for your mobile phone will help in case of emergencies.

Taking part in a challenging walk can be exhilarating and rewarding, but don’t forget to take adequate rest during the training period. Do not push yourself beyond your limit and most of all, enjoy the experience!


 

Top Walking Challenges in the UK

We have picked out the best walking challenges taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Walking Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Spend a weekend out in the Yorkshire countryside in September. Scaling 3 peaks in two days this is a difficult but very rewarding event. With some fantastic scenery including the limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations.

Find out more about the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challange

 


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Charity Walk Course

The event is open to all abilities and both individuals and teams of four or five can take part. Why not put together a four or five man relay team, dividing up the total distance between you!

Day 1: London to Brighton 100k Trek

The route follows The Wandle Trail out of South West London and down through Surrey and Sussex, finishing at our centre in Ovingdean, Brighton. Hot meals, drinks and snacks are provided at rest stops along the route and our events team will offer full support with training and fundraising.

Your epic journey will begin on Saturday 1st July 2017 in Fulham, South West London. There will be an early start in anticipation of the adventure lying ahead. Following a briefing from the events organisers, a member from Blind Veterans UK will talk about how much the money they have raised will help to support other members such as themselves.

You will leave the busy city behind you and head south, along the banks of the Thames and start to head in to more rural surroundings. You will then march along the Wandle Trail which is popular which walkers and cyclists alike. There are plenty of semi-rural parklands as well as the Carshalton Ponds and Wilderness Island. After stopping at Oaks Park for the first refreshment stop, walkers make their way in to the North Downs and head towards Godstone. It is a lot more rural around here and walkers follow the public footpaths and the pretty village green. The walk takes you through the night, in the Sussex countryside down to Plumpton which takes you through the South Downs and an opportunity to take in some beautiful scenery. The sea comes into view as you approach the finish line at the Blind Veterans UK centre in Ovingdean. There will of course be some welcome food and drink await for all walkers to celebrate their achievement, together with a well earned massage!

We also have a dedicated microsite and Facebook group, offer full medical and logistical support and you will receive a specially designed 100k t-shirt and medal to wear with pride. One of our participants from 2013 has said, “It was the greatest personal achievement of my life. For those not sure about this year…Get involved!”.

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